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Pilgrimage to Bushy parkrun

Bushy parkrun route

I’ve been planning to take part in the first ever parkrun for several years, but have never managed to make a pilgrimage to Bushy parkrun. Last weekend, I had arranged to stay with my aunt in Brockham near to Dorking, so the opportunity arose. Local parkruns Previously, I’ve done Reigate Priory Read more…


My journey to my 250th parkrun

parkrun 250 t-shirt

Tomorrow (all being well), I’ll finally run my 250th parkrun. It’s taken me a long time (nearly 8 years) and there has been a lot of change in that time. I’ve run 6 marathons, learnt to swim and completed two Half Ironmans. I’ve also had a baby 🙂 The beginning Read more…


International Women’s Day 2018

This Girl Can advert. Bird's eye view of women in a sports hall.

Today is International Women’s Day, so I thought it would be relevant to ponder the role of women in sports. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I’m passionate about equality for women (and often share inspirational images from the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign… Read more…


Missing in Action

Black and white photo of someone drowning

Hi! I’ve not been blogging much recently for a variety of actions. I’ve been desperately trying to stay afloat and I’m not managing it very well. I really appreciate everyone who reads my blog and especially those of you who take the time to comment, but I need to acknowledge Read more…


Can you imagine playing soccer barefoot with a leather ball?

Nigerian football team, 1949

I love reading about unusual stories from the history of sport. My friend Ola recently wrote a great article on The Story of the 1949 Nigerian Football Team’s UK Tour before I read this article, I had no idea that this tour took place. One of the aspects that I Read more…


Learning to climb

Back in January, I decided that I should say ‘yes’ more often to things that scare me, so when Roger asked whether anyone was interested in doing a beginners climbing course, I immediately expressed my interest. There was only a slight problem – I am absolutely terrified of heights. By Read more…


What do you know about the history of sport in Nigeria?

It’s a little-known fact that the first football match that I went to see was a friendly between Japan and Nigeria at the St Mary’s stadium in Southampton. I’m not a huge football fan and the weather was bleak (torrential rain), but the atmosphere was electric. The fans were incredibly Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation – Bounce by Matthew Syed

I’m really interested in Matthew Syed’s hypothesis that talent is a myth and that success is a consequence of purposeful practice. It is hard to summarise all of Syed’s arguments, but here are some of the elements that he says make someone successful (in sports): Having access to the appropriate Read more…


How did you get here?

I’m a stats geek, so I love looking at the stats dashboard in WordPress. This week has been a great week for me in terms of numbers – I tweeted for the 1000th time and my blog follower figures topped 2000, so THANK YOU to everyone who is now following Read more…


Where I’m from

I am from home-made school uniform, from a class of four and lots of attention. From a bed full of toys and hours spent dancing. From days on my bike and jumping down sand dunes. I am from a slate-fronted home tucked away by the towans where the whisper of Read more…